Hello, hello! Today’s tutorial probably is the one everyone’s most interested in, and I’m pretty confident that you’re going to like it!
I wanted to make sure that the fountain water doesn’t prematurely turn yellow (*more on that later), and also that the amount of falling water was very well controlled so that the details on the fountain top won’t be covered up.
If you’re worried that this will be too hard, do not fret, you’ll find it much easier than you think!
Okay, so first thing first, to make sure that the resin will not leak through the corners, seal the connected areas inside of the fountain base with a low-temp glue gun. Don’t worry, it’ll be invisible once it’s covered with resin.
Pour in the slow curing clear cast resin from the top of the fountain top, where the water is supposed to be coming out. The resin will overflow to the middle tier, and eventually down to the bottom tier (the ground), where you only want just enough in there to cover all of the ground. Make sure you don’t put too much resin in at this point, as you’ll have more later to finish up.
So, about yellow resin. All resin eventually start to tint yellow with age, or by being exposed to UV rays. I have found that fast-curing resin doesn’t take long to start tinting, so I recommend you avoid using it in this craft if possible. There are however, a few things you can do keep your water looking clean as long as possible. First of all, I suggest keeping your fountain away from light and the sun as much as you can. Also, when making your resin, you can mix in a small amount of paint, which will camouflage the yellowing a little better.
About after 24 hours (curing time usually varies depending on the amount of resin used, and the temperature of your room), your resin should be rock hard and ready for the next step. Get yourself some super fine fishing wire, and super glue.
Cut the fishing wire the length from the end of the dish to the bottom of the fountain. It should be barely touching the surface of the bottom resin when the fishing wire is tightly straight. Super glue one end of the cut fishing wire on to the edge of the dish, where you want your water to pour down.
Since I wanted a slow flowing, less amount of water for this fountain, I didn’t glue on too many fishing wire. Once the bottom dish is done, repeat the same thing on the top dish.
Give your super glue enough time to cure, and once the wire is secure, pull out your low-temp glue gun and start gluing the bottom end of the fishing wire to the resin. Make sure that the wire is tight and coming straight down.
You can also make the splashes and waves with the glue gun at this point. Just pour out some glue and move it around with the tip of the glue gun. Don’t touch the glue with your hand though!
I added a mound of hot glue on top, where the fountain water is supposed to be coming out.
This is how it should look like after using the glue gun.
You’re now ready for the magical part of this craft, the water drops!
Instead of using the notorious fast curing resin, I used fast drying nail polish. It gets hard much faster, and doesn’t get so yellow! Not to mention, it’s cheap!!
Just slide your nail polish brush across the strings of fishing wire, and you should see these tiny balls left on them.
After the first coat of nail polish, I wanted the water drops to be a bit bigger, so I did another coat.
Once the nail polish is hard, it’s time to pour in the finishing resin. Just use the same slow curing resin you used at the beginning here. If you don’t like your splashes and ripples you made with your glue gun, this is a good time to fix the problem. Keep checking on your resin every hour or so, and once you think it’s starting to set, use a tooth pick and draw the ripple lines etc. Keep checking to make sure that the lines you drew are staying.
Tada-! I’m pretty happy with this method so far. What do you think?
Oh, by the way, I’m now back home in the US. It was a super fun trip filled with everything Sylvanian Families! I will write about it in the next post, which should come out on Friday. 🙂